I have trawled Etsy and folksy and have found inspiration from many of the people who sell their gorgeous makes. I have worked with different yarn and continue to learn about how different yarns look once made up and look forward to continuing that . I have decided on working with mainly cotton yarns at the moment as they work well with the type item I make and give me the look I am after for them. I think there is a way to go before I find my *look* but I am enjoying exploring and am in no rush to *find* it ;)
I had decided early on that garlands for Nursery/children would be something I would enjoy creating and also had many ideas for what I wanted them to be and to look like... I knew these would form the main part of what I wanted to create and sell.
Then I found Emma Lamb.... I absolutely loved her fresh and modern work but also loved that it still retains the vintage style that gives crochet that special *something* ;) I would class her as my main inspiration.. I don't want to copy her - I could and I have seen some that do do - but that would be wrong on so many counts.. How much personal satisfaction would it give me to copy her work? How would it help me to grow and find my own style? I know it wouldn't feel good for me to make something I hadn't had the pleasure of taking from an idea to the final creation. I definitely aspire to produce work to her standard though...
With an image of what I wanted to produce in my mind but - due to my inexperience - an inability to create them from scratch, I trawled Etsy for patterns and found Atergcrochet.
Making sure that items I made could be sold I purchased a number of her patterns...They fit the kind of things I want to be making perfectly and at the moment they will be included in the garlands/decorations I make. The finished products will have been made up with a mix of my own ideas to create something individual and as such the finished product will be unique and my creation.
As my knowledge of stitches has improved it would be quite easy to reproduce many of the patterns I see that fit with what I want to create...As I know I didn't have the original idea I will always purchase a pattern and acknowledge the designer in the details in my shop. There may come a day when I create a pattern from scratch or I may just continue to support others who have the knack of creating patterns...Don't know what the future holds :)
I will always be open about patterns used and will share them so those that crochet can make them if they should wish to.
I am looking into the possibility of setting up a crochet kit to purchase but at the moment that is taking a back seat as there is so much else I need to focus on...
I am not sure there is a need for yet another blog giving tutorials in the basics so don't think I will go that way...but In the next few months I do hope to set up a workshop at my house teaching the basics of crochet. As Emma is no longer holding crochet workshops I like the idea of doing what she did for me and opening up a whole new world of creativity and happiness for someone else :)